Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Former JPD cop alleges reverse discrimination & domestic violence

Update (10:55 PM): Where is Clarence when we need him? The Clarion-Ledger reported tonight that City Attorney Monica Joiner recused herself from this case because she is engaged to Aaron Allen. 

A white former JPD officer sued the city of Jackson and Chief Lee Vance for racial discrimination in U.S. District Court on June 24.  The complaint states:

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SOS selling properties online

Mississippi Secretary of State Hulbert Hosemann issued the following press release:

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(Alleged) Doc kidnapper tries to reduce bond.

Andre Kennedy filed a motion to reduce his bond in Hinds County Circuit Court yesterday.  Kennedy and his accomplice Edwin "Guttalife" Robinson (allegedly) kidnapped and robbed a doctor from his Ridgewood home early on a Saturday morning, May 16, 2015.  Robinson did not survive his life of crime as the victim managed to get his hands on a pistol and kill him.

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Rick Cleveland looks at upcoming college football season

It is a little known fact that William Faulkner, the most famous Mississippi bard, once played quarterback for Oxford High School, a tall task for someone who stood 5 feet, 5 inches short. This was long before face masks, and Faulkner, history tells us, suffered a broken nose. History tells us a lot more. Wrote Faulkner, ever so accurately : “The past is never dead. It's not even past.”

He was spot-on. We always should heed the past before considering the future, and that's important to keep in mind as we head into the 2016 college football season.

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What is SPLC's real game in Mississippi?

The Southern Poverty Law Center is attempting to knock charter schools out of business in Mississippi.  It sued Governor Phil Bryant, Jackson Public School District, and the Mississippi Department of Education in Hinds County Court recently as it seeks to block the funding of three charter schools in Jackson.  The SPLC is apparently waging a lawfare campaign against charter schools in Mississippi and other states.  SPLC attorney Will Bardwell whines to anyone who will listen that SPLC is not against charter schools per se, just their funding in Mississippi.  Uh-huh.  The SPLC fight against charter schools in New Orleans gives the game plan away.

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The Bennie & Jimmie Show

Bennie Thompson just can't seem to tell the truth about Donald Trump and Clarion-Ledger reporter Jimmie Gates just can't seem to report the truth as well.  The Donald visited Jackson last week.  The Bolton Congressman and our favorite fraudster, Derrick Johnson, did not exactly roll out a welcome mat for Mr. Trump during the press conference they held during his visit:

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

City Council will hire attorney, Admin refuses to discuss anything in public.

The Jackson City Council met today to discuss a sexual harassment lawsuit that was filed against Mayor Tony Yarber and the city of Jackson.  All city council members except Kenneth Stokes attended the meeting.  Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Marshand Crisler represented the Yarber administration.  Some highlights of the meeting are:

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MDE issues RFP

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following notice:

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Cop hitting on teen has a history of trouble

JPD fired officer Darryl Stasher a few weeks ago for trying to talk an underage girl into having sex with him while he was on duty, in uniform, and in his patrol car. The girl videotaped the encounter and posted it on her Facebook page (It is posted below.).  However, this incident was not Stasher's first foray into ****ing up.  JPD fired Stasher in 2010 but civil service reinstated him.  He was also suspended earlier this year.

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MDWFP monthly update

The Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks held its monthly meeting on August 17.  The complete video, all 34 minutes of it, and board packet are posted below.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Bracey amends complaint

Plaintiff Kimberly Bracey amended her sexual harassment lawsuit against Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber and the city today. Mrs. Bracey was the former Executive Assistant to Mayor Yarber.   The original complaint stated:

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Gunn appoints new Appropriations Chairman

Speaker of the Dead Phillip Gunn issued the following statement:

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Spiderman pleads guilty.

Spiderman is going to jail.  Jonathan Dukes pleaded guilty in Hinds County Circuit Court to one count of armed robbery today.  Dukes wore a Spiderman mask while using a gun to rob the Waffle House on Highway 18 in 2014.  He will be sentenced next week.  The case is assigned to Judge Jeff Weill.  The file is posted below.

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Zika & West Nile update

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement: 

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11 years

This is the NWS bulletin for Hurricane Katrina that was published 11 years ago.  The bulletin was unfortunately dead on in its accuracy.

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JPD announces Citizens' Police Academy class

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Bedwetter alert

SJW gets into it with Lyft driver apparently over........... some Polynesian figurine that he attached to his dashboard:


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Bill Crawford: Mississippi needs every federal dollar it can get.

Let’s get real.

Ignore political ideology for a moment.

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Open thread

Trump came to town.  Johnny D went Jim Morrison on a blogger.  Football season is about to start but Ole Miss is in the news for the wrong reasons.  Meanwhile, President Lincoln's favorite song, Dixie, will no longer be played at Ole Miss football games.  Can anything be done to improve the stoplight cycles on Old Canton Road in Fondren? Is Fondren Public still going strong? Check out Goku TV channel on Youtube.  Best kept commentary secret in Jackson.  It's hip, it's urban, and it's raw.  Does Sweet Daddy's have the best gas station bbq in the Jackson area?  Consider this an open thread to comment on anything. 

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It's Sunday morning

Some of you can't make it to church so here is Dr. Frank Pollard (deceased.).

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Fried Chicken & Chainsaws

 Needless to say, local comedians had a field day with Bracey v. City of Jackson, et al.  The lawsuit itself is a disaster for the city regardless of who is telling the truth.  Keep in mind the Mayor has not yet defended himself nor has any evidence been presented by either side.   However, the lawsuit is what it is and provides a great deal of material for those of a humorous bent as can be seen below.  

Warning: Crude language and use of the *** word.

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Madison PD seeks "person of interest"

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement and photos:

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Go, Gowan, Go.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Bill Gowan sent accused killer Darion Givens back to prison for four years. Givens was recently arrested for armed robbery.  Givens was arrested  a year ago for murder and was denied bond but was mistakenly turned loose where he allegedly and quickly went back to his life of crime. 

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Arrest made in Nuns' murder

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement and picture :

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Hattiesburg Mayor grabs camera

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree apparently shoved a camera held by The Hattiesburg Patriot as he attempted to ask the Mayor some questions on a public sidewalk:

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$22,500 reward for nun killers.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following press release: 

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Attorney says City of Jackson fired her because she was white

A former Deputy City Attorney for the City of Jackson says she was fired in December 2014 because she was white.  Lara Gill sued Jackson in U.S. District Court Wednesday for damages suffered caused by her wrongful termination and discrimination.

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Jackson issues notice of proposed milleage increase

The city of Jackson issued the following press release: 

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Madison wine store robbed

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement:

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Teen killer going to prison

Attorney Generalissimo Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Mayor responds

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following statement:

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Former assistant sues Yarber for sexual harassment

Former Jackson employee Kimberly Bracey sued Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber in U.S. District Court today for sexual harassment.  The complaint also names the city of Jackson and several John Does as defendants. The complaint is posted below and is um, rather salacious in nature.  The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan, III.  Mrs. Bracey is represented by the law firm of Watson & Norris. Today is going to be a wild one for the Jackson media.

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Hinds Deputy Arrested

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release: 

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Court boots Stallworth from airport lawsuit

Reverend Jeffery Stallworth will have to take his fight to stop the state takeover of Jackson's airports back to the airwaves after a federal judge kicked his lawsuit out of court.  Reverend Stallworth sued Governor Phil Bryant in April to stop the transfer of ownership of Jackson's airports from Jackson to a regional board of commissioners appointed by various officials and governments.

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$20 billion and counting

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce estimated that the value of homes flooded last week was over $20 billion.  BRAC issued a report last week that provides a preliminary analysis of the damage caused by the catastrophe that took place last week.  Some highlights of the two-page report are:

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The Jackson Budget Follies continue

Jackson Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr.  made several recommendations about how to fix Jackson's budget problems recently.  Most of these suggestions will sound very familiar to JJ readers.  Compare Mr. Priester's favorite option to what JJ posted a year ago.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Butch Evans indicted in Chris Epps scandal

Another domino fell in the Chris Epps scandal today.   A federal grand jury indicted Butch Evans for one count of fraud and one count of bribery on July 13, 2016.  Evans is a Ridgeland insurance agent.  The indictment was unsealed today and alleges the Evans paid kickbacks to Chris Epps in exchange for insurance policies Evans sold to MDOC employees.  The case was assigned to Judge Henry Wingate. The indictment states:

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Update on Carl Reddix case.

U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate recused himself from presiding over USA v. Carl Reddix.  The case was reassigned to Judge Daniel Jordan, III.

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Fund-raiser for Kenny Griffis


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This is no mirage

Progress on Court Street.  See for yourself.

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Priester: Make the Godfather move

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. laid out possible options for Jackson after the Moody's downgrade on his Facebook page:

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Rick Cleveland: Meet the Possum Bowl

If you've never heard of Mississippi's Possum Bowl, you might want to listen in...

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Jackson Zoo loses accreditation (Updated)

The Jackson Zoo resigned its accreditation with the American Zoological Society last Friday.  The AZA confirmed the Zoo's resignation and its website reflects the change.

Update (4:28 PM): The Jackson Zoo issued the following press release: 

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Homicide victim crashes into playground

JPD issued the following press release:

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Ridgeland PD launches FB page

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following press release: 

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D.A. charges A.G. had him arrested as a pre-emptive stike

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith turned up the heat on Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood last Friday.  The D.A. accused the Attorney General of arresting him because two of the A.G.'s prosecutors feared the D.A. was going to seek an indictment against them from a Hinds County grand jury.  Mr. Smith was arrested in June on six misdemeanor counts of improperly helping defendants and using a grand jury to intimidate a Circuit Court judge.

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Cockrell arrested

The Madison Police Department issued the following press release and mug shot:

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Leadership 101

Our friend Kamikaze was none too happy about the Brandon amphitheater project and said so on Facebook:

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District 72 thread (Jackson & Ridgeland)



We got us an election tomorrow in District 72.  Three contenders fight to join the madness that is called the Mississippi Legislature.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Found.

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement:

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Mayor appoints Judge Sutton to the 1% Sales Tax Commission.

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following statement:

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Flood donation suggestion

Bins, boxes, containers. Flood victims in Louisiana need them. I saw it first-hand this weekend. They are trying to salvage what they can and often don't have anything for storage.

Sent from my BlackBerry Passport

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Bill Crawford: Schools Must Become Environments That Instill Virtue

Teaching children “virtue” is the key to solving poverty, insists a reader and regular critic. That’s how we break the “cycle of dependency,” he said.
 
To do this, he argues, we must “indoctrinate our children from the early years with a sense of virtue through education.”
 
Well, “indoctrinate” threw me off. Reminded me of the old Soviet Union brainwashing children as well as my delightful time in boot camp. So, I thought, while it may be permissible for parents to indoctrinate children, that’s hardly the role for schools.

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NYT provides the Rest of the Story on Jackson office of Morgan Stanley

Secretary of State Dilbert Hosemann fined Morgan Stanley $4.2 million for improper trading by one of its financial advisers and subsequent losses suffered by clients last week.  The New York Times picked up the ball and ran with it as it showed a more complete picture of what took place at the local office of Morgan Stanley.  The newspaper's quiz revealed an office that was not well-monitored by the company and a "genius" broker who was double dealing with his clients.  The New York Times reported:

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Moody's downgrades Jackson's debt

Moody's downgraded Jackson's water & sewer bonds to a Baa3 rating in this notice issued last week:

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BR resident to media: Get off of Trump & Kardashian and get down here.

Baton Rouge attorney Heather Cross had enough and vented her spleen about the national response to the Louisiana flooding disaster last Wednesday in this letter she posted on Facebook:

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Missing person alert

The Madison Police Department issued the following press release and photo:

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Open thread.

Comment about anything.  I will be tied up the rest of the day pulling wet drywall.  Approval of comments may be delayed.  There are more than a few topics to discuss.  New rumblings in the Hinds County District Attorney case yesterday.  The budget follies continue.  Louisiana flooding woes continue.  Football season will be soon upon us.  Dak looked pretty good this week.   Is anyone else going to run for Mayor of Jackson?  Is anyone going to take on the Queen again and what will 2017 mean for Gene?  Feel free to comment about any other subject.  Fire away.

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Son kills Mom's bf

Ridgeland PD issued the following press release:

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Bayoneting the wounded.

Maybe there is no difference between the parties.  Exhibit A-Z: Flooding in Louisiana.

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New airline service coming to Jackson

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority issued the following press release:

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Feds to MEMA: You ripped us off with your good ole boy system

Mississippi government can't help itself. Democrat Republican Black White Commie Klukker SJW Dittohead male female.  It doesn't matter who is in charge, he or she is going to figure out how to rip off everyone else.  The Feds came calling, took a look at nearly $30 million in FEMA grants, and suspended the remaining grant payments.  Some allegations will be very familiar to anyone who knows anything about Mississippi government:

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"Victim" might have her own case of the stupid.

JPD fired officer Daryl Stasher for propositioning an 17 year-old girl for sex while he was on duty in his patrol car.  The girl recorded his encounter with him and posted it on her Facebook page.  However, it appears our "victim" might not have thought too clearly about what she was doing.   Where have we seen her before?

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Lovely Starkville home for sale



This charming Southern Style two storied custom home is located on a hill with view of a lake in the back, in an exclusive Starkville subdivision (only 11 home sites).

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Clinton PD bust prescription forgery ring

The Clinton Police Department issued the following press release:

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Jackson budget follies begin

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman provided these updates from the budget hearings on his Facebook page this morning:

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Two junkyard dogs go at it in court.

A steel-cage, no-referee, WWF-style wrasslin' match has broken out in U.S. District Court between lawyers Chuck McRae and Barry Gilmer.  Two lawyers who honestly don't give a care about what anyone else thinks, know how to use every trick in the book, and will use every trick in the book to squash the other side. 

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Flood Lagniappe

Here is a round-up of stories and internet items about the more interesting features of the flooding disaster in Louisiana. 

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Fired

JPD issued the following statement about its would-be Superfly:

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DA wants transcripts, Ivon, & Butler (UPDATE)

 Update: Judge Bell postponed the hearing that was scheduled for today.

Embattled Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith asked a Hinds County Court Judge to order the Attorney General to produce sealed transcripts of tape recordings recordings of Ivon Johnson as well as the live bodies of Johnson and Christopher Butler at a hearing scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.  Special Judge James Bell will preside over the case.

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Rick Cleveland: Better than fiction

We honored the remarkable life of Mississippi sports legend Bailey Howell this past weekend in a fundraiser for Sunnybrook Children's Home in Ridgeland.

The original idea had been for the event to be a roast. Wiser heads prevailed. I mean, how do you roast Bailey Howell? Answer: You can't, unless you make things up and Bailey's life has been too well-lived to inject fiction.

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Dumbass of the day.

This JPD cop got stupid today when he saw a 17 year old girl as he  drove down the street.  Unfortunately for him, she was recording the encounter with her cellphone.  The video is posted below.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

JPS gets probation. Vote was unanimous.

 The Mississippi Board of Education voted unanimously to place the Jackson Public School District on probation.  The Board also voted to conduct a full audit of JPS.  The audit will take most of the school year to complete.  An MDE audit released in June found JPS failed 22 of 32 standards.  The audits found many schools were unsafe, lacked licensed teachers, graduated students that did not meet the requirements, and  teachers that did not control their classrooms.

 The JPS response is posted below and was obtained through a public records request.  The Board of Education is discussing the audit and JPS's response.  JPS apparently did not ask for a hearing on the audit findings.  Follow Kate Royals (Mississippi Today) and Jeff Amy (AP) on Twitter for live coverage. 

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Morgan Stanley settles with SOS for $4.7 million

Secretary of State Gibbit Hosemann issued the following press release:

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Remain calm, all is well.

Moody's lowered Mississippi's ratings outlook to negative although the actual credit rating remained at Aa2.   Moody's stated on its website:

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Devastation

The Civil Air Patrol posted these aerial photos of the devastation in Southeast Louisiana.  More photos can be found at this website and are geo-tagged.  These particular photos cover the areas immediately north of I-12 around O'Neal Lane and Denham Springs.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Trump coming to Jackson

The Mississippi Republican Party issued the following statement:

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Former deputy indicted

Attorney Generalissimo Jim Hood  issued the following press release:

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JPD grabs Givens

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Teen stabbed in Madison

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement:

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DA wants day in court, AG tries to DQ lawyer

The prosecution of Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith took several twists and turns last week.  The D.A. tried to get a hearing while the Attorney General tried to prevent attorney Jim Waide from defending Mr. Smith.   Attorney General Jim Hood arrested Mr. Smith and charged him with six misdemeanor counts of improperly helping criminal defendants and using a grand jury to pressure a judge.

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BR underwater

A large portion of Baton Rouge is literally underwater.  Denham Springs, Walker, and surrounding areas are hard hit as well.  I-12 is closed in both directions from Airline Highway in Baton Rouge to Covington.  Portions of I-10 are closed.  Hundreds of motorists are trapped and spent the night on the interstate.  The city received over 20 inches of rain and now everything is backing up.  Areas that didn't flood in 1983 or during Hurricane Andrew are now flooded.  Some gauges are no longer able to give readings as they are underwater.  There have been thousands of calls for help as people are trapped by flood waters.  AT&T is NOT working down there although Verizon is.  Here are some useful links.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Angels

Baton Rouge is getting literally rained out right now.  WAFB broadcast this video of a dramatic rescue of a woman and dog who were drowning in her car.

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Hit & run driver kills teens

JPD issued the following statement:

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The Germans are bombing Pearl Harbor

Look at what is playing on the big screen tomorrow and Wednesday at Tinseltown:


If you've never seen it, watch the trailer posted below.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Read 'em & weep: The budget edition

It's raining, you are bored, and you have absolutely nothing to do.  Never say JJ doesn't help you in your times of sloth.  Here is the proposed 2016-2017 budget for the City of Jackson.  All 400+ pages of it.  Enjoy and feel free to comment. 

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What happened to the money?

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release: 

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Is JA buying up the neighborhood? (UPDATED)


 A controversy is brewing over by Jackson Academy as the Northeast Jackson private school recently purchased two homes on Sheffield Place and wants to purchase the rest of the homes on the street.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Justice Department sues state over mentally ill

The Justice Department and Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release: 

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Alleged child molester arrested

The  Madison Police Department issued the following statement and mug shot:

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Latest Jackson crime stats

The Jackson crime statistics for the week ending August 7, 2016 are posted below. Crime has improved overall but Precinct 4 is suffering from a more property crimes although violent crimes fell. 

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And another good ole boy leaves after a sex discrimination case settles

Mississippi Department of Homeland Security Director Rusty Barnes resigned from his position this week.  He became director in May 2013.  JJ reported a year ago that Penny Corn, Grants Director for Homeland Security, sued the Department of Public Safety for sex discrimination and retaliation in federal court.  She alleged that Mr. Barnes committed several acts of discrimination against her. The case settled without prejudice in April.

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Was the fight over the aiport all for nothing?

It appears the state takeover of Jackson's airports may not be a done deal.  The Federal Aviation Administration clarified its policy on disputed ownership changes in the June 6 edition of the Federal Register. The FAA made it clear that it prefers to approve such transitions when all parties have agreed to the change.  However, such is not the case when the Governor signed SB #2162.  The FAA said it will not approve such ownership changes until the dispute is settled.   The FAA states in the Federal Register:

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Priester: City gives lies & excuses

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. provided his assessment of the city's finances in this post on his public Facebook page Tuesday:

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wow

The reaction to a news story posted on Facebook yesterday shows all too well how different people can have different reactions to the same thing.  JPD stopped a man yesterday on Lakeland Drive.  They arrested him after he led them on a foot chase by Bonsai.  He tossed drugs as he ran and was apparently caught with some drugs stuffed into his pants as well.  He also left a small child behind in the car as he fled from the police.  WAPT's Scott Simmons posted his report on his public Facebook page.  The comments got rather interesting as some readers criticized the police while others hammered the suspect.  Check them out for yourself.

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Charter school parents fight lawsuit


Attorney Mike Hurst & Charter School Parents

The Mississippi  Justice Institute issued the following press release:

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Butler indicted for having a cellphone in jail

A Hinds County grand jury indicted Christopher Butler on August 3 for one count of possession of a cellphone in a correctional facility. The indictment states:

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Rick Cleveland: From De Soto to Mossy Oak

In 1541, Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto's expedition passed through or near here, moving westward through what became known as the Black Prairie in search of gold and silver.

He found the Mississippi River instead. DeSoto crossed the nearby Tombigbee River, which scarcely prepared him for the mighty Mississippi a few weeks later.

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Hood joins the Exxon mob (Updated)

Politico reported yesterday that Mississippi Attorney Generalissimo Jim Hood is joining several attorneys general who are suing Exxon: 

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MBN Deputy Director quits after sexual harrassment lawsuit settlement hits the media

It appears Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Deputy Director Mike Perkins resigned shortly after MBN settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with an employee.  MBN told JJ in an email yesterday:

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Too Sweet indicted for illegal firearm possession, conspiracy, & bribery

A Hinds County grand jury indicted Robert "Too Sweet" Henderson on August 3 for illegal possession of two firearms.  Governor Haley Barbour pardoned Henderson for several convictions of drug possession and receiving stolen property.  However,  the indictment states Henderson was convicted of felony theft in Illinois in 1996.  The indictment is posted below.  The case is assigned to Judge Bill Gowan. 

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No comment.

This trashy fight is one for the books. Even the cat and dog throw down.

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Why is this guy free to commit more crime?

A man indicted for murder was turned loose to commit more crime.  A JPD message posted on Twitter last night stated that JPD is looking for Darion Givens as a suspect in an armed robbery that was committed yesterday.  Givens was indicted for murder last September.  WAPT reported he was given no bond upon his arrest for the murder a year ago. However, court records indicate that Givens fell through the cracks and was free to commit more crime.

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Lock & Load

JPD issued this press release on Darion Givens.  He is considered to be armed and dangerous.

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Delta resumes flights, some delayed.

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority issued the following statement: 

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Gulley: search warrant wrong, shooting was self-defense

Former professional soccer player and Clinton resident Kellen Gulley was arrested for aggravated assault, possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute, and shooting into a dwelling place in Clinton last January.  He posted bond but was arrested again in Clinton for possession of illegal drugs, a firearm, and alleged "drug money" on July 29.  Prosecutors moved to revoke his bond on the January charges.  A revocation hearing is scheduled for August 11 in County Court.  However, Gulley attorney Matt Eichelberger fought the attempt to revoke his bond today.  Mr. Eichelburger argued in his response today:

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3 more West Nile infections

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following press release today:

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Malone seeks continuance

Teresa Malone asked for a continuance for her trial scheduled to take place on October 11.  The Justice Department indicted Teresa Malone for one count of attempt & conspiracy and a count of bribery of a public official. The motion was expected as she was served with the indictment in July. 

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Rankin lawsuit charges lawyers cheated clients.

It is said that money is the root of all evil.  However, it is also true, that all too often it is the root of most lawsuits as well.  The War of the Shysters is currently raging in Rankin County, as attorney Chuck McRae brings battle to several plaintiff's attorneys over the settlement of a class action lawsuit. McRae and his clients claim the attorneys pocketed millions of dollars for themselves, while the plaintiffs recovered little. McRae sued Freese & Goss, Dennis Sweet, III, Sheila Bossier, and several John Does in Rankin County Chancery Court in May 2014.

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Delta is down

Delta is having a major computer problem this morning that is affecting flights nationwide. 

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

JPD gets 'im.

JPD issued the following messages and mug shot on Twitter:

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Bill Crawford: Tax Cuts v Tax Needs

With legislators looking at taxes, some of us should be worried, some thrilled.
The need to study taxes results from weakening tax revenues along with a sluggish economy, and also because the largest tax cut in state history is pending.
Legislative leaders know they need a consistent, dependable tax base to fund state government. Republican legislators, now a dominant majority, know their voter base hates taxes and wants tax cuts. Where is the balance point – is there one – between these two points of view?
And, then, there is the real question. Who will pay?

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Learned idiots think school discipline is a bad thing

A leader of New York charter schools is attacked for daring to impose, gasp, discipline in her schools.  Schools that actually perform quite well and have a student population that is predominately composed of minorities.  Eva Moskowitz writes in the Wall Street Journal:

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Blow-up in Bay St. Louis

It appears the new law that limits the use of interim appointments by Mayors created a volcanic eruption in Bay St. Louis only twelve days after it took effect.  The Mayor appointed a friend to the position of building inspector on an interim basis - over six years ago.   SB #2587 bars a municipality from paying the salary of an interim appointee after six months.  Unfortunately for our building inspector, the bill did not include a grandfather clause.  Thus any interim appointments who were serving for at least six months on July 1 suddenly found their pay checks cut off.  However, the Mayor and the City Attorney had a few things to say about the new law.  Things didn't go the way they planned as the city attorney found himself out of a job.  Slabbed.org attended the meeting and reported on the whole fiasco on its blog and Twitter:

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Splatter!!!

A Louisiana Senate candidate offers a unique solution to school bullying in this video:

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Judge Kidd to Madison: Stay in Jackson.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd denied an attempt by the city of Madison to transfer a lawsuit to Madison County.  Robert Pugh was injured during a Madison police chase that began at the Target store in Jackson and ended by Gallatin Street in Jackson.   JJ reported last December:

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Medicaid or bust?

Expand Medicaid! Expand Medicaid! Expand Medicaid! So goes the mantra mindlessly mouthed by many in Mississippi.  The lure of Medicaid expansion is easy to understand.  Many Mississippians lack access to health care.  Many more can't afford to pay for health care.  The Affordable Care Act held out a golden branch to the states: expand Medicaid and the federal government would pick up the tab for several years.  However, and there is always a however, the golden branch might turn to fool's gold as the states eventually have to pay for 10% of the Medicaid expansion costs.  There is now a growing body of data to review on the results of Medicaid expansion.  John Daniel Davidson did so in a column published in National Review earlier this year:

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CL drops the ball, WLBT picks it up & runs with it.

WLBT reporter David Kenney laid down some serious wood in his reporting on the Mississippi Department of Education audit of Jackson Public School earlier this week.  Kudos to Mr. Kenney for actually reading the report and telling his audience what was actually in it, unlike another reporter at the state newspaper. See for yourself.

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Double shooting, single homicide

JPD issued the following press release: 

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Police chase & capture 2 suspects by UMMC

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

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Special judges appointed for RSS cases.

The Mississippi Supreme Court appointed two judges today to preside over several cases involving Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith.

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Someone needs to tread on the EEOC.

Some overpaid  EEOC lawyers apparently need to justify their salary.  The Washington Post reports:

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SOS receives award for website

Secretary of State Gibbit Hosemann issued the following press release:

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Crook of the day.

You can't make this up. WLOX reports:

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Selling the wages of sin

Look at these cars that are going on the auction block:

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Help the ladies get their rings



The Murrah High School Lady Mustangs did the city proud in bringing home a tenth state basketball champeenship this year.  However, they need your help as they have not been able to purchase their rings.  Mr. Charles Irvin sent out this email to supporters:

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Ivon dropped indictment against (alleged) drug dealer that he presented.

It appears former Hinds County Assistant District Attorney Ivon Johnson was involved in the controversial dismissal of an indictment against a suspected drug dealer in 2014 even though he presented it to the grand jury.  Johnson pleaded guilty in federal court last week to accepting bribes in exchange for providing favorable treatment to defendants.  JJ reported in November 2014:

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Senators oppose SNAP reforms

Senator Thad Cochran issued the following press release:

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Epps defendant pleads guilty.

Mark Longoria ‎ waived indictment today in U.S. District Court. The following notice was posted by the court:

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JPS third-grade reading scores improve, media can't be bothered.

One wouldn't know it from reading the Clarion-Ledger  but the Jackson Public Schools District made a substantial improvement in the third grade "reading-gate" tests this year.  JPS students performed very poorly on the tests last year as 28% of the district's third-grades failed the test.  The Mississippi Department of Education began testing for third-grade literacy last year after the Legislature passed the mandate as part of Governor Bryant's education reform package.

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MS Litigation Review asks if MC Law School should exist.

Should Mississippi College continue to operate a law school? The question was asked in a column posted by attorney Ken Walley on the Mississippi Litigation Review website.  It is no understatement to say the law school is facing its share of challenges right now.  Mr. Walley wrote:

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Steven Turner is back in jail

Northeast Jackson's newest star hoodlum is back in jail.   Little Steven Turner celebrated his eighteenth birthday last December by getting out of the Youth Detention Center and going on a small burglary spree.  He stayed in jail for a few weeks before he posted bond.  However, Turner just couldn't help himself and allegedly began robbing again.  Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd revoked his bond and sent him back to jail on July 29.

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Rick Cleveland: We knew #4

In Mississippi, we knew Brett Favre long before he started an NFL record 321 consecutive games, long before he threw 508 NFL touchdowns, and long before he threw for nearly 72,000 yards.

We knew No. 4 before became a three-time NFL MVP, before he was an 11-time Pro Bowler, before he played through injuries that would have required hospital care for normal humans, and before he was generally recognized as the toughest hombre in sports.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

D.A. tries to keep Gulley in jail

Update (8/4/16): Gulley is represented by The Eich.  Revocation hearing is on August 11. 


And.......... Assistant District Attorney Randy Harris moves to revoke the bond of Kellen Gulley:

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Mayor to give State of the City address tonight

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following press statement: 

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Stop the madness!!!

JPD issued the following press release and mug shot:

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Case sours more for Too Sweet

Judge Melvin Priester, Sr. set bond at $100,000 for Robert "Too Sweet" Henderson.  Henderson was arrested Friday on two counts of conspiracy to bribe a public official.  Henderson was pardoned by Governor Haley Barbour in 2012 for several convictions of cocaine possession and receiving stolen property. 

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Sicko gets 25 year sentence

Madison-Rankin District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release:

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Blackmon loses big trucking lawsuit

Attorney Robert Gibbs issued the following statements:

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The Clarion-Ledger stands up and fights.

The Clarion-Ledger is fighting the  sealing of several files and documents in cases involving Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith.  One problem in reporting this entire saga is there is another fight going on behind closed doors that involves in varying degrees two Circuit judges, a Special Master, the District Attorney, and several Assistant Attorneys General.  They are all public officials and these documents are all public records yet the public is not able to see them nor see what their public officials are doing.  The newspaper said enough and filed several motions in court.... which of course were sealed.  Anna Wolfe and Molly Bryant reported in the Clarion-Ledger a few days ago:

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Gulley busted... again

Note: See this 2008 post about Gulley and his father.

The Clinton Police Department issued the following press release:

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West Nile & Zika update

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following press release: 

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They think they are so smart

JPD issued the following press release:

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Vote for Top 50

Y'all Politics & Supertalk Mississippi (WFMN) teamed up create the Top 50 Award.  No longer will the beautiful people just tell each other they are beautiful, now you get to nominate them as well. ;-)   Y'all Politics announced the contest today:

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Durant wants guns and cash

The city of Durant is apparently trying to get real aggressive in confiscating guns and keeping cash bonds even when the defendant is acquitted.  See this July 22 Attorney General opinion.  Hmm.... does misdemeanor charge include a traffic ticket or moving violation?

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Did Mississippi get hustled again?

Remember that $36 million help the Mississippi legislature gave earlier this year  to Edison Chouest? It appears the company played a similar game in Louisiana using the same tactics: promise jobs, promise investment,  or promise the world and watch the politicians fall all over themselves as they rush to dole out the dough.   Unfortunately for Louisiana and the working people who pay the bills, this friendly bout of crony capitalism has not worked out too well.  Fox 8 (NOLA) reported Friday:

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Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).


Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.


In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.


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Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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